While smoothies have certainly been growing as a trendy health food in the past decade, some smoothies might not be all that they’re cracked up to be, according to a recent New York Times article. In short, pre-made smoothies can be low in fiber and high in sugar and calories, negating the positive aspects.
In order to avoid this problem, there are a few simple solutions. Smoothies could be ordered with skim milk or unsweetened soy milk versus a heavy cream or sugary juice base. Any sort of sugary syrup ought to be excluded. Additionally, the portion size needs to be downsized. While this phenomenon is noticeable in all American pre-made food, it is important to keep in mind exactly how large a 24 ounce smoothie can be. Fruit is good for you, yes, but in solid form it is unlikely that you would take in such a massive amount of it. Smoothies also strip out the fiber and pulp that is in solid fruit, removing a ton of the beneficial aspects.
Another simple solution is to blend your own smoothies at home. This way you can be sure to minimize excessive sugar use. Sticking to unsweetened yogurts and milk as a base and using whole fruit can go a long way to keeping that smoothie as healthy as can be. Throw in some kale for good measure. Happy sipping!